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The influx of New Zealand fur seals to Bay of Plenty beaches continues on, with up to 17 different seals reported at Bay beaches in the last week. Seal sightings have been dubbed ‘the new normal' by the Department of Conservation, which reports...

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Waking to what sounded like a train ripping through their home, Mount Maunganui couple Brett and Heather Down thought a tornado had struck. This morning they woke to find trees uprooted and tiles ripped from roofs after what Brett describes as a “mini...

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A severe weather watch is in place for the Bay of Plenty as the MetService forecasts another bout of rain, with no reprieve in sight until next Tuesday. Showers are predicted to spread across the region on Friday and Saturday as a rapidly deepening, complex...

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A proposed Tauranga City Council policy for tangata whenua aspirations of owning council land is failing to generate an expected public response. Council adopted the Draft Tangata Whenua Land Proposal policy on January 30 for consultation through the...

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An aggressive plant pest that can take over ponds, lakes and waterways has been mistakenly sold by a Papamoa pet store, prompting a biosecurity warning. Bay of Plenty Regional Council biosecurity officer Andrew Blayney is asking Papamoa pond and aquarium...

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Tauranga City councillors are attempting to remain the last resort for the city's tree felling debates, taking the proposed final say from council CEO Gary Poole. Proposed changes to TCC's tree management policy, including rules to better...

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Tauranga City Council is attempting to mow down ratepayer costs by letting the grass grow a lot longer than usual in some of the city's parks and reserves. The cost saving measure came out of TCC's 2014/15 Annual Plan deliberations where councillors...

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The wet weather experienced in the Bay of Plenty at the weekend looks set to continue through the week as a succession of depressions sweep across the country. The MetService is forecasting rain for the region until Tuesday next week. It's a wet...

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The decision whether or not to consult the public on proposed new rules altering the decision-making process in felling trees will be made by Tauranga City Council tomorrow. Major proposed changes to the reviewed Vegetation and Tree Management Policy...

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Tempers are set to flare when anti-mining activists and Hauraki District Council representatives meet to discuss the role of exploratory mining in the Karangahake Gorge on Tuesday night. The public meeting at the Paeroa War Memorial Hall follows Sunday's...

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A Royal Spoonbill on the Wairau Lagoon. Photo by Will Parsons.
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